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  1. Hey everyone ( @Aetherus, @indefatigable, @bearded frog), Thanks so much for the detailed information and suggestions. I didn't even realize that there were different kinds of scrubs and anti-microbials - and "cream-based hand sanitizer" - whoa. This is really reassuring and encouraging. I will say I've seen many different kinds of physicians for the eczema all my life (derms, fam docs, fam docs with a focus on derm) and actually found that it was derms who knew the least about my condition (at least, nothing that they suggested / prescribed ever seemed to help me), and that it was t
  2. Hey guys - student in pre-clerkship here. Thinking about specialties and wondering if my condition is going to limit my choices - specifically, I'm wondering about whether my moderate-severe hand eczema is going to stop me from being able to pursue surgery. It hasn't stopped me from pursuing activities I've loved in the past (I make a conscious decision to compromise and deal with the pain / aftermath), but my perception of surgery is that you're scrubbing in all day, every single day. My question is: do any of you know, or have seen, surgeons who have bad eczema on their hands and/o
  3. Hi @ellorie yeah I had heard of them a few years ago, but I'll definitely reach out again to see what resources are out there. Thanks so much!
  4. Hi Birdy! Thanks for sharing all these details about your experience. You sound incredibly resilient and I'm glad to hear that people were receptive to your needs. Re: White Coat Black Art - the exact podcast I had in mind was the one featuring a woman with a certain form of spina bifida. Whenever she had to take care of herself on the job, she felt pressured to hide this fact from her colleagues, saying instead that she needed to take a call or otherwise. I'm sorry you experienced pushback in sharing what sounds like an important story. If there isn't a general one for medic
  5. Hi @Maggiie19 incoming to U of T? no worries and I'm glad this thread could connect us on this topic. I only asked for accommodations once during my undergrad/masters combined - but it wasn't even a formal accommodation, just a sick note that I got. I always wonder whether or not I can categorize myself as being "disabled". From the googling I've done on my condition, some severities are considered disabling, while other severities are not. It's a bit stressful and lonely falling into a grey zone. I might gauge interest amongst health profession students (med, dent?) in starting a little
  6. Hello! Incoming medical student to U of T here. I have two questions. 1. Can any current medical students (not necessarily at U of T, but would be a plus) speak to specific resources or accommodations made available to medical students who live with a chronic physical and/or mental condition? For example, I've read somewhere on this forum about someone who did not have to do their rural rotation, some on-call shifts, or had exam deferrals due to their specific circumstances. I'm not sure what I'd need for my condition specifically, but it would be helpful to know what kinds of rules are i
  7. Thanks for the insights, it's reassuring to know that everyone is more collaborative :)
  8. Thank you and congratulations on finishing medical school! In your opinion, is it enough to "do what you're genuinely passionate about" throughout (i.e. specific research, purposeful extracurricular activities) or is the atmosphere more "premed" (i.e. sense of competition / secrecy, doing things that look good on the resume). Do either help when aiming to land the residency of your choice? I know this question is a bit strange and hard to answer objectively but would love your take.
  9. Hi @QMed12345 - thank you for taking the time to write out such a thoughtful and organized response! Of all the schools I interviewed at, I was most excited for Queen's and even intended to bring my parents (neither of whom got to attend university) to the interview day events. Unfortunately the pandemic measures kicked in before that and my interview moved online so I didn't get a chance to "feel out" Queen's for myself. I appreciate all the details about each school and your advice about what factors to consider prioritizing, bias disclosure and all. This was very helpful . Congrats on
  10. Hello - I have a question for any current Queen's med students or alumni (or anyone who knows someone in this position). Have you, or anyone you know, been accepted to both Queen's and Toronto, and chosen to attend Queen's rather than Toronto? If so, I would appreciate some insight into what prompted this decision. Thank you! Note: This question isn't intended to try and start a whole "Queen's VS Toronto" debate, pros and cons list, or dwell on hypotheticals, but rather to gain insight into an actual decision that someone has made.
  11. Lol hold up we were recorded during our prep time? Awks I hope I didn't do anything weird hahaha
  12. I had quite a lovely experience, in general everyone was alert, friendly, and welcoming, even if some didn't smile you can get good vibes. Connection did go down about 3/4 of the way through but I knew they probably had a contingency plan so I didn't panic on my side either. Just switched to my cell data (lol) and restarted the Zoom call. That, and I later checked my phone and found a missed call from them, looks like they had my number handy just in case too! It was comforting to read on this forum that they allot you more time than needed in case something like this happens. Very professiona
  13. Hi! Long time lurker and first time poster here. Very grateful for these forums - thanks in advance for everyone's input. I see that most Early Decision Programs in American schools are targeted towards people with extenuating or specific circumstances - e.g. husband and wife want to remain in the same state/city, wife applies EDP to school in said state/city detailing her circumstances. Some schools specify the type of people they are looking for, other schools say "get in touch with us before you decide to apply EDP" - I presume because they know that applying EDP is a big deal for an a
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